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The Turkish admiral Dragut Reis also sheltered in the bay when he raided Gozo in 1551 and took most of the island's population into slavery.

A more recent invasion was when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used Mġarr ix-Xini as the location for the film By the Sea in 2014, building a hotel set on the cliffs and taking over the bay for five months.

There's a tiny shingle beach at the head of the inlet, and a paved area where tourists and locals stake out their sunbathing territories. It's a gorgeous place to swim and snorkel, particularly on weekdays when fewer people come. It's also home to a classic Gozo restaurant.

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